In last month's Threads Magazine (its a sewing and fiber arts magazine
available in most big bookstores, newsstands) there was a great article on
several ways to create life sized sewing manikins (also called dress
forms). I thought it had great possibilities for kids. Basically you wear
an old t-shirt while someone else wraps you entirely in duct tape. Then
you cut the t-shirt carefully up the back to get out of the entire shell.
You then stuff it and tape up the cut. Voila! A perfect body cast in your
size which can be used to drape fabric or create monsters aliens or
whatever. I suppose you could add arms and legs made in the same fashion.
Check out the magazine as there were several different techniques for doing
We've used this technique for creating hats for kids that fit their heads
perfectly. We put a plastic bag on their head and then wrap it solid with
masking tape. This makes a basic beanie to which all manner of appendages
and decorations can be added. (ears, horns, etc.) You can paper mache the
form of just paint the masking tape.
Always take time to stop and smell the roses... and sooner or later,
you'll inhale a bee.